Is your facility ready and able to leverage the benefits of cutting-edge OR solutions?
Modern operating management solutions have evolved to the point where clinicians can employ them to gain efficiency, cost savings, better throughput, and better utilization.
Hospitals can enjoy better analytics, improved mobility, and solutions
that tackle specific areas of the surgical continuum. The only question is
whether a particular facility is ready and able to leverage the benefits of
the technology to address operational needs and wants.
“One of the drivers for investment in OR solutions or expanding an
existing OR solution is to achieve greater clinical performance and remove cost, enabling the health system to leverage the incremental gains
to prepare and invest in value-based strategies,” says Carol Donohue,
Director Clinical Solutions Marketing and Joseph Bailey, Associate Director of Product Management, Perioperative and Critical Care, Optum
Donohue and Bailey say they encounter many hospital facilities stuck
with underwhelming electronic medical records with poor user interfac-
es and inadequate functionality that are difficult for clinicians to use on a
day-to-day basis. They don’t allow for structured data and don’t feature
advanced user tools. These systems, they say, make it virtually impos-
sible for hospitals to succeed in the fee-for-service environment that
defines the healthcare industry today. They also cause facilities to miss
out on all of the benefits of end-to-end perioperative systems that pertain
to any and all of the following:
• Preop process automation
• Anesthesia documentation
• Post-anesthesia quality reporting
“These legacy systems may actually be costing hospitals more to run
as a result of the impact they have on clinician efficacy and usability that
impacts the level of care being provided,” says Donohue and Bailey.
Recognizing the need for improvement is not enough. Facilities must
determine the ways in which they are falling short of their potential and
actively seek to generate additional capital by reducing cost in high-acu-
ity areas of their operation. This includes – but is not limited to – the
OR department, where facilities should streamline workflow and drive
“Improving throughput by adding just one extra procedure per OR
suite can generate significant revenue and an ORIS solution can help ac-
complish this with business intelligence tools,” says Donohue and Bailey.
In addition to significant cost savings, effectively maximizing the OR
supply chain can also lead to other, less obvious benefits.
“We have seen our clients gain dramatic improvements in patient satisfaction scores as a result of focused process improvements throughout the
perioperative continuum of care,” says Donohue and Bailey.
14 May | 2014 | www.SurgicalProductsMag.com
by Mike Schmidt